OSHA - Your Personal Safety Consultant?
One of the best benefits that OSHA provides to small, medium or newly established businesses is a FREE safety consultation service. OSHA on-site consultation services are provided to companies who request the service, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. This free service is available to small & medium businesses operating in the United States.
If you are reluctant to call OSHA to ask them to come to your company, please note that these on-site consultation services are SEPARATE from the OSHA enforcement department and you will NOT get penalties or citations, even if things at your company aren’t quite perfect. If applicable, companies may even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections by utilizing the free service. Your obligation is to make a commitment and follow through with correction serious workplace safety and health hazards.
OSHA consultants are from state agencies and universities and they work with employers to help identify workplace hazards. The consultants will also provide advice on OSHA compliance standards and can also assist the company to set up health and safety programs that fit the business.
Because this consultation program is entirely voluntary, OSHA will not approach you about participating. Every employer who wishes to engage with this free service must request it. To start, visit OSHA’s Consultation Directory at osha.gov. Choose the state in which your company is located from the drop-down menu and the consultation division you need to contact will be provided immediately. You do not need to enter any personal information to get this information.
To learn more about what happens during an on-site consultation, visit OSHA’s website at osha.gov to learn more about the process.
In 2016, OSHA's on-site consultation program conducted approximately 28,000 visits to small businesses representing over 1.1 million workers across the nation.
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